Tagged with creative writing

Published short story: The Mermaid

Published short story: The Mermaid

My guilt for ignoring my blog has lessened. I have focused on my creative writing for the past year and my first short story was published in the 2015 edition of RAIN Magazine. I had to immerse myself into rewriting and editing this piece of work. This poor little blog, straightenupandflywrite.com, was neglected while I … Continue reading

InfoGraphic: Tips for Completing a First Draft

InfoGraphic: Tips for Completing a First Draft

Overcoming the Blank Page Syndrome – Writers understand the struggle of completing a first draft. The blank page is intimidating, even for a seasoned writer. Time and again, I hear the sage advice to just sit down and write. Sounds easy, right? Well, it isn’t. I have to fight the urge to stay focused. I … Continue reading

Short Story Exercise – “Bistro Vendrome Moumonte”

Short Story Exercise – “Bistro Vendrome Moumonte”

Short Story Exercise – I am currently taking a short story class through the Lighthouse Writers Workshop, located in Denver, Colorado. Each week, we read one short story. Our instructor also provides written reference materials on the craft of writing a short story for us to review prior to class. In addition, we are required … Continue reading

Motivate Your Muse: Adjectives

Motivate Your Muse: Adjectives

A fun ‘adjectives’ game to motivate your muse. I have a tendency to rely on using the same adjectives within my writing. Adjectives, known as description words, can create excitement and add flavor to your writing. Overuse of the same words, though, is boring (as well as uninteresting, monotonous, dreary, dull, wearisome, and tedious) to … Continue reading

Jar of Abundance

Jar of Abundance

She kept her abundance in a jar on the windowsill by the back door She would briefly glance from time to time at her jar of abundance as she would take out her trash or as she hustled out the door for work Her jar of abundance would shine brilliant colors of the sun Gold, … Continue reading